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Spread #54- Mind Trip June 2, 2009

Posted by Orly in Spreads.

Spread 54- Mind Trip

 Yes…everyday, perhaps at a whim, we are free to go on a trip. It could be a trip to anywhere, really. Restricted by realities? unable to hop on a bus? How about imagination? Remember our mind’s ability to form new images of external ‘places’ not present to the senses? At anytime we can make the choice to be where we wish to be, to allow our lives to happen to us and make things happen in our lives…a beautiful collaboration of liberating passivity and freeing activity. So I went with my students to China and Tibet last Saturday from 10am to 12pm. My son fixed me this beautiful CD of folk Chinese music. I hung up the colorful Tibetan Prayer flags across the room. Scents of lemon and orange filled the air. We had a little tea party and got to work on our journals with the help of vibrant ephemera I purchased the weekend before on my family’s day trip to Chinatown. Just a few things set the mood for a fabulous trip. Amazing to me once and again to see the brilliancy (with dual meaning) shining through the individual journal pages. This is what I call a power trip. Do you go on power trips? Are you like me? Do you go on your little tropical balcony in dry Southern California and know that you are in the rain forest? Or look through the snow falling outside your window, imagining you are in sunny Southern California and actually ‘you ARE there’? I’d love to hear about your mind trips…


1. eb - June 3, 2009

oh my yes – tripping ALL the time – today I took a break from my Squam packing and gathered rose pollen with the bees… ran the branches with the squirrels… quivered with the leaves… the warm press of sun ironing the curve of my shoulders… while the insistance of PRESENCE colonized my to-do list…

LOVE your trip to China
singing red along with you…

xox – eb.

2. Renee Khan - June 3, 2009

I love this idea Orly. Just love it.

I think I may do it.


3. Stephanie - June 3, 2009

I am looking out the mango windows onto a deep wet rainforest…bird chatter is EVERYWHERE! swooping all around, red finches on the new thistle bird feeder….isn’t it a wonder that they COME!! Waiting patiently for the golden Finches to discover our birdy paradise.

LOVE these pages….I too have these brilliant red women…Enjoying while watching the brilliant red heads in front of me, both yours and the Finches….


4. Ela - June 3, 2009

My goodness! Without having the ability to take a “power trip” my nerves would sky rocket! Taking a “trip” allows me to redirect my senses, it gives oxygen to my brain, and it helps me get through a tough moment in my day. Putting things aside and taking that time to go somewhere in my mind is well worth it.
“Besides the noble act of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consist in the elimination of nonessentials”
-Lin Yutang (Chinese writer)

Ela - June 3, 2009

“Besides the noble ART of getting things done, there is a nobler art of
leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consist in the elimination of
nonessentails” -Lin Yutang

5. trish - June 4, 2009

great post! I am going to take a trip as soon as I get home, to the beach maybe:)

6. donna - June 4, 2009

Lately I have been walking along side a pool of crystal clear aqua water. Sometimes the water is thermal with lots of steam, sometimes cold and refreshing. The sky is big and irridescent, casting hues of pink, purple, blue and green out over all of us. It is a bubbly place and there is lots of music of the harpsichord variety and lots of laughter both meek and hardy. Everybody smiles- ear to ear smiles beaming with Love. Sometimes I take a swim, sometimes I sit on the bank and watch the synchronized swimmers. It is very peaceful and refreshging, and it does gives me the power to move through the other scenes of my day.

7. aimee - June 4, 2009

just this week i was just thinking about something similar, about being a tourist where i live. it’s easy to open my eyes when i travel to another place, because everything is new. but when i’m in my home space, it’s so easy to be mentally restrained by my daily routines – for no good reason i often find myself shutting out other options simply because i’m used to going to certain places at certain times. how exciting it is when i overcome those ‘restraints’ and discover something new about where i live. great post!!

8. aimee - June 4, 2009

….and GORGEOUS journal pages!

9. Brian Kasstle - June 6, 2009

I am currently wanting to take your Saturday Journaling class VERY much! I love you blog and your style! I am new to art in general after being told as a kid “your not as artistic as…” so much I just didn’t make art… now I am in my 40’s and started back at it! Yes, so much time wasted…. I want to make art with a vengence now!

10. christina hsu - June 6, 2009

Orly, this was such an awesome class! I love what you did here…. it’s beautiful and that little guy in the basket is so cute! 🙂
I ‘m always taking trips too. (I think this is how I spent most of my time in elementary school)

11. Gil - June 7, 2009

Someday I’ll give you a tour of the biggest/ most densely populated Chinatown outside of China: the one in New York City!

12. fadwa - June 8, 2009

Wow, I love this idea. And I think I’d like to try to take a trip somewhere soon.
Thanks for inspiring us with your work and ideas.

13. Handan Arik - June 9, 2009

Moois! 🙂

Ik ga in gedachten naar LA en daar naar … 😀
Daar gaan we leuke praatjes houden. Kopje koffie drinken met
en zonder lepel. Heel heet India’s eten.
Samen naar boeken kijken, er een paar leuke kopen.
Orly: Dat klinkt fantastisch, heel gezelig. Maar koffie drinken zonder lepel..dat weet ik niet Handantje.

14. lisa - June 9, 2009

beautiful journey!

15. susanna - June 9, 2009

These pages are gorgeous! Love those reds and the imagery. And, yes, we can wander the world without necessarily leaving our homes. That brings to mind the book and movie, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. What an amazing book and film…if you haven’t seen it yet, please do!

16. Marie - June 9, 2009

I am loving your wonderfully coloured journal pages. They are always such an inspiration!

17. Orly - June 9, 2009

Each one of you was sharing your very own wild ‘trip’ with us..you are so poetic, have such rich imagery..some of you have some exotic plans for trips. Thanks for letting us join you.

18. Susan Tuttle - June 10, 2009

sharing your imagination with your students is priceless – Hmmm, wondering where i should travel to this evening?:)

19. Ilan - June 22, 2009

I’m so sorry i didn’t comment on this earlier. This is one of my favorite images i have ever seen your brilliant mind create. I think the joss paper adds a great effect. I think it is adorable how you put in little T.K. in your image. This is fabulously fantastic and i see how you inspire your students to even write to you from the place where this art iriginates and say “I am still journaling even in China”. Now that shows you have come a long way and i’m proud of your beyond measure.

Zolacolor - June 24, 2009

Thats a really nice thing to sat, Ilan. I really like the creativity, too. You are one of thoe amazing people on the web who you rarely find. Congratulations on being one of them.

20. Gil - June 29, 2009

Your proliferation is inspirational. I’ve got to get back into my blogging groove. Sort of lost it lately.

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